HIST 332
Queering Europe: Sexualities and Politics since 1850 Fall 2014
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed HIST 332 / WGSS 331
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This course explores the construction, articulation, and politics of queer sexual desire in Europe from the later nineteenth century to the present. By placing queer sexualities in their broader social and political context the course examines the ways in which sexuality has become central to questions of identity, personal and national, in modern European society. Topics include: the role of the new science of sexology in specifying various “sexual perversions”; the rise of sexual undergrounds in the context of European urbanization; the birth of campaigns for “homosexual emancipation”; attempts to regulate and suppress “deviant” sexualities, especially under the fascist regimes in the 1930s; the effects of the postwar consumer revolution on the practices of sexual selfhood; the postwar “sex change” debates; the politics of 1950s homophile organizing and the 1970s Gay Liberation Movement; and the recent politics of gay marriage. The course will focus primarily on Britain, France, and Germany, but also on Italy and Russia. Readings will be drawn from sexological texts, political tracts, memoirs, and the writings of recent historians. Several films will also be discussed. “Queering Europe” meets the requirements of the Exploring Diversity Initiative insofar as it explores how sexual difference has been constituted, contested, and experienced and how what we assume to be the “sexual norm” has a profoundly political history.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 15-20
Class#: 1194
Grading: OPG
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class discussion, the posting of four 500 word response papers, two 6- to 8-page interpretive essays, and a final research paper of approximately 12-15 pages
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: junior and senior History and WGSS majors
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 332 Division II WGSS 331 Division II
Attributes: HIST Group C Electives - Europe and Russia

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